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Forensic Transmissions

Forensic Transmissions

We stumbled on this by accident and now feel compelled to tell everyone we meet about it, including you. First, we must warn you, it is truly very weird. Every episode features a piece of unedited, public domain, forensic audio - an interrogation or a trial or a 911 call. This is presented without introduction, narration, or comment. It's helpful to read the episode description for context, but otherwise you're on your own. Iconic cases feature among the lesser-known: an account of Jeffrey Dahmer's trial is presented in four parts, and the final tapes from Jonestown and Heaven's Gate make an appearance, but we also hear the interrogation and arrest of Stephanie Lazarus, an LAPD officer who murdered her ex-boyfriend's wife; and an emergency call from two panicking mothers, whose teenage sons are trapped in a snow cave.

The show is the brainchild of Professor Mikita Brottman, who writes and teaches about true crime. In her words: "Most people will no doubt find them tedious. But for those who share my audio obsessions, nothing on earth can be more riveting." She's onto something. These slivers of uncut actuality have a kind of mystical power - they are unsolvable puzzles, with an edge-of-life immediacy - and we couldn't stop listening. New episodes drop randomly, as recently as yesterday, and 26 are available. 

Gateway episodes: Episode 10: Stephanie Lazarus Interrogation (16 Jun 2017) / Episode 14: Jeffrey Dahmer Trial, Part 1 (1 Jul 2017) / Episode 19: Jonestown Mass Suicide (16 Jul 2017)

From: Independent
Style: Documentary
Released: Intermittently

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